Cooperstown Chronicles – Maury Wills

Apr 22, 2008

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Dougvantyle, a friend of mine from Sporting News, wanted me to profile Maury Wills.  Here are my findings. 

The Numbers
1942 Games
7588 At Bats
.281 Batting Average
1067 Runs
2134 Hits
177 Doubles
77 Triples
20 HRs
458 RBI
586 SB (19th All-time)

Playoffs: 21 Games, 19 for 78 (.244), 6 Runs, 3 Doubles, 4 RBI, 6 SBs

Awards
1962 MVP
1962 All-Star MVP
5 All-Star Appearances
2 Gold Gloves
MVP Votes in 8 Seasons

Top Ten Finishes
Batting Average – Twice
Games – Once (Led league in 1962)
At Bats – Seven Times (Led league in 1961 & 1962)
Runs – Three Times
Hits – Five Times
Triples – Five Times (Led league in 1962)
Stolen Bases – 11 Times (Led league in ’60, ’61, ’62, ’63, ’64, ’65)

Maury Wills was an amazing basestealer, but he didn’t do enough of anything else.  His double total is pathetic for such a speedy runner.  He hit .300 twice and scored 100 runs twice.  His style of play did help the Dodger win three World Series titles so I have no problem with him being in the Dodgers Hall of Fame.  I can put him in a Basestealing Hall of Fame, but Cooperstown is a nice place for him to visit.

References
Baseball Reference

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16 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Larry Novak
    April 22nd, 2008 at 5:08 pm #

    When I was a little kid I thought he would be a HOFr, But he did not continue his dominance. So I have to agree with you.

  2. Ryan Lester
    April 22nd, 2008 at 10:56 pm #

    Thanks for adding your story.

  3. Andy Guilford
    April 23rd, 2008 at 8:05 am #

    Great blog. Maury Wills belongs in the Hall of Fame–check this out:

    http://www.maurywills.com/HallOfFame.aspx

  4. Ryan Lester
    April 23rd, 2008 at 2:48 pm #

    Thanks Andy. I just don’t know.

  5. BraystreetLad
    September 19th, 2008 at 12:03 pm #

    The only reason Wills isn’t in Cooperstown is because he dated white ac-
    tresses in the ’60′s,which infuriated the racist baseball establishment.

  6. LestersLegends
    September 19th, 2008 at 12:06 pm #

    That may have factored in, which it shouldn’t have, but I don’t think he had the numbers.

  7. 2009 MLB Hall of Fame Ballot | Fantasy Sports Blog
    December 8th, 2008 at 9:21 am #

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  8. Mr. Baseball
    February 25th, 2009 at 11:32 pm #

    To whomever posted this nonsense about Maury Wills didn’t do enough of anything else. What a load of crap. I remember the Dodger teams of the ’60s and he may not have had great statistics but he was a great lead off hitter, good fielder and always made things happen. Whenever he would get on base he would always rev up the home crowd and pitchers would have to pitch to the batter with one on Wills at first base. You obviously do not know Jack S—.

  9. LestersLegends
    February 25th, 2009 at 11:43 pm #

    Actually Jack is my good friend. Seriously, I didn’t grow up watching him so you have the vantage point there. To me the HOF is based on numbers, which is why I don’t think he belongs. His intangibles though, earn him a place in the Dodgers HOF.

  10. LestersLegends
    February 25th, 2009 at 11:44 pm #

    Looking at his HOF yardsticks Bill James agrees with me.

    Black Ink: Batting – 16 (140) (Average HOFer ≈ 27)
    Gray Ink: Batting – 67 (362) (Average HOFer ≈ 144)
    HOF Standards: Batting – 25.9 (390) (Average HOFer ≈ 50)
    HOF Monitor: Batting – 104.0 (141) (Likely HOFer > 100)

  11. Cooperstown Chronicles - Jesse Haines | 1800blogger
    May 7th, 2009 at 9:10 am #

    [...] Frank Viola Bucky Walters Mickey Welch* Lou Whitaker Deacon White Bernie Williams Vic Willis* Maury Wills Hack Wilson* Ross Youngs* Veterans Committee [...]

  12. Cooperstown Chronicles - Stan Coveleski :: Elites TV
    May 13th, 2009 at 1:14 pm #

    [...] Frank Viola Bucky Walters Mickey Welch* Lou Whitaker Deacon White Bernie Williams Vic Willis* Maury Wills  Hack Wilson* Ross Youngs* Veterans Committee Ballot   * Signifies actual Hall of [...]

  13. Cooperstown Chronicles - Waite Hoyt | 1800blogger
    May 20th, 2009 at 2:26 pm #

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  14. Anonymous
    June 12th, 2009 at 3:22 pm #

    HOF Yardsticks are unfair because they don’t account for position. Compare Wills to HOF SS’s HOF Metrics. If he stacks within the top ten he should go in.

  15. Andy Guilford
    June 16th, 2009 at 8:49 am #

    Good point, Anonymous. Check out this chart of Wills and HOF middle infielders:

    PLAYER / avg / runs / sb / hits /mvp/gld glvs/penants/ws chmp

    WILLS .281 / 1067 / 586/ 2134 / 1 / 2 / 4 / 3

    APARICIO.262 / 1335 / 506/ 2677 / 0 / 9 / 2 / 1

    REESE .269 / 1338 / 232/ 2170 / 0 / – / 7 / 1

    RIZZUTO .273 / 0877 / 149/ 1588 / 1 / – / 9 / 7

    FOX .288 / 1279 / 076/ 2663 / 1 / 3 / 1 / 0

    MZEROSKI.260 / 0769 / 027/ 2016 / 0 / 8 / 2 / 2

    SMITH .262 / 1257 / 580/ 2460 / 0 / 13/ 3 / 1

    SNDBERG .285 / 1318 / 344/ 2386 / 1 / 9 / 0 / 0

  16. KEITH
    June 23rd, 2010 at 11:17 am #

    MAURY WILLS COMPARED TO OTHER SHORTSTOPS IS A HALL OF FAMER. NO DOUBT ABOUT IT. THIS IS THE INEQUITY THAT ALWAYS SEEM TO APPLY TO BLACK PLAYERS . THEY CAN’T BE GOOD AND MAKE IT TO THE HOF. THEY HAVE TO BE SUPER GREAT,LOOK AT ALL THE BLACK PLAYERS THAT WHEN YOU COMPARE THEIR STATS TO WHITE PLAYERS OF THE SEGREGATED ERA ARE JUST AS GOOD OR BETTER. ESPECIALLY GIVEN THE SEGREGATED ERA WAS LESS TALENTED. MADLOCK,RAINES, OLIVER ,PARKER, AND MORE. BASEBALL NEEDS TO STOP TRYING TO HOLD ON TO THEIR PRE-INTEGRATED PAST BY DENYING GOOD BLACK PLAYERS INTO THE HOF

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